Cornell CALS' response to COVID-19 

CALS is closely monitoring developments related to COVID-19 and following steps the university is taking to ensure the health, safety and well-being of our community. As part of this action, the majority of CALS offices are currently on remote work plans. Review all college communications and available resources for students, faculty and staff.

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Putting our knowledge to work to serve a public purpose

Extension, outreach, engagement  putting knowledge and research to work for local, national and global communities has always been a primary purpose of the college.

Cornell University created its first agricultural extension program in 1894, which is distinguished as the nation’s longest continuously operating extension program. Our faculty and staff are important innovators in agricultural, environmental and social extension work.

A commitment to extend knowledge beyond the university is an integral part of the CALS culture and mission. Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE)  is a formal organization with offices on the Cornell campus and across New York state and New York City. Regional agricultural teams effectively bridge researchers on our campus with educators in our communities.

In addition to the Cornell researchers who regularly work with county CCE staffers, we have more than 200 CALS faculty and staff who also conduct extension education programs with targeted audiences in a variety of other ways, including through community outreach, online courses, short courses, field days, public school events and more.

The breadth and depth of our extension/outreach activities demonstrate a deep CALS commitment to a broad educational mission that links campus and public life. Whether on campus or off, we translate Cornell University’s world-class research into real-world practice that helps New York state residents, businesses and communities to thrive.

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From around the corner to the Cornell campus, we have local offices and programs ready to support you.

Regional Ag Team helps with hoof trimming at farm

CCE's regional agriculture teams provide research-based information, programs and technical assistance to dairy, field crops, vegetable, tree fruit and grape producers all around New York State

students learning about beekeeping

Supported by federal, state and county funding, CCE links the research and extension efforts at Cornell to New York's 62 counties and all NYC boroughs.

Farmers visiting Aurora, NY, research farm

Cornell CALS extension and outreach personnel intersect with stakeholders at field days, workshops and a wide variety of other engagements.

Cornell Cooperative Extension

Ripple effect: Cornell helps restore Long Island's shellfish

CALS Extension & Outreach

Cornell Farm Ops sets up NYS veterans for success

shellfish
Logan Yarbrough, veteran

Did you know?

Two women visiting the home of a elderly homeowner

Cornell is the only Ivy League university with a statewide Cooperative Extension system

45,000

the number of NYS residents who volunteer with CCE each year

38,563

the number of ladybugs contributed to The Lost Ladybug Project by citizen scientists as of October 2019

Outreach and extensions stories

See how our work is making a tangible difference in our communities.

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News

With new barley variety, Cornell leads way for brewers
As of last year, the bill required that New York’s brewers source 60% of their ingredients from New York growers. By 2024, brewers will need to acquire 90% of their ingredients from state sources. The law aims to revitalize the upstate economy...
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • Plant Breeding and Genetics Section
  • Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section
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News

CCE podcast helps NYS communities meet challenges
“[We deal with] everything from what to do with pets, to ‘I have mold in my basement because I've been flooded,’ to ‘I have ice dams building on my roof because of a four- or five-foot snow load,’ and on and on,” Tidball said in a recent episode...
  • Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • Natural Resources